Charisma Magazine Podcast: Emergency Rescue for Couples in Trouble


The Clearing was recently featured on Charisma Magazine’s “Charisma Connection” podcast.

Our program director, Deborah Kristen, talks about how our unique faith-based model takes months of counseling and condenses them into just 4 days!

Listen below or access via Apple Podcast by clicking here.

If you are a pastor interested in learning more about The Clearing, click here.

At The Clearing we've helped countless couples save their marriages. No matter where they are on their journey. Our mission is clear: we desire to see marriages that are strained, lifeless, and hurting brought back to a place of health, intimacy, and trust. We want to make our marriage intensive therapy available to all who desire to renew, refresh or restore their marriages for each other and for future generations.

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A Pastor’s Testimony:

“I want to thank the leadership of The Clearing for their partnership. As a pastor, I need faithful partners in holistically caring for the flock the Lord has entrusted to our church. This need is clear in marriage crisis as there is only so far pastoral counseling can reach, especially when we fight for marriages in which the couples themselves have lost hope.

Recently, a couple from our congregation was in desperate need of help far more intense than me or our pastoral team could offer. The Clearing proved to be the perfect place for them to get away and focus on the root of the issues the enemy was using to divide their relationship.

During their time at the clearing this couple was restored and renewed in their love for one another as they were equipped and empowered to move forward in health and hope. Thanks be to God for His faithful mercy and for the partnership of the Marriage Intensive at The Clearing. I recommend this resource for all pastors and churches seeking to save marriages where the husband and wife have themselves lost hope.”

More Mercy,
Rev. A. Mitchell Moore

Success Stories:

Wife:  "The insurmountable issues we had before coming seemed bigger than our marriage.  We feel like ourselves again!  We are not feeling crushing pressure and arguing all night.  For the first time, we have a framework for problem-solving and moving forward that requires us to treat each other with respect.”

Husband:  “I am enthusiastic, encouraged and optimistic about our marriage now because what we have learned, experienced, and practiced here will enable us to overcome issues I thought were deal-killers before we came.”

Wife:  “I am so excited to get home and see our kids!  It has been so tense at our house.  I want our kids to experience that their parents are different people now.”  

Wife:  “I came wanting God to work in my husband’s heart. But God totally transformed MINE!  I have very real peace, joy and purpose. I trust Him now for whatever comes.”

Husband:  “Before we came, I feared I could never get what I wanted from our marriage. Now I feel fulfilled, overjoyed, and at ease. I am excited to get home to be an example to our married kids who begged us to come to the Intensive and keep trying.”

Husband:  “Before the intensive, I saw my wife as a big treasure trunk locked by a thousand different keys that I could not get to work. Now that we have learned "heart talk," I know it only takes a few words to access her  heart. I could solve a thousand different business problems, but I could not open that trunk.”

Wife:  “I learned I need and want to be more open to God— that I can feel complete and whole as I stay after Him—- regardless of whatever else happens in my life. I have more compassion for my husband. I can let go of my expectations and just ‘BE!’"

Wife:  “It is amazing to see how the couples in the group have changed!   Their faces actually look different! Their issues coming in seemed so huge. They now seem empowered and peaceful, ready to take on whatever God has for them.”

Husband:  “We CAN break this vicious cycle that has entrapped us. We have answers now, and it is definitely doable.”

Husband:  “I learned it is ok to have emotions and to share them with others closest to me. I am beginning to feel whole and in harmony with God and with the world. I am more accepting of my wife and of her as an individual.”

Wife: “I was surprised how much I learned about myself from the group. I could see myself when listening to others. I could hear God through them.  Being in a group helps you to keep learning without shutting down or feeling pressured.”

Wife:  “Being with the other couples has helped me see what I do have. I now want to put down my guard and respect my husband. Our future is great and full of hope. We are on the same team, playing together against the enemy for keeps.”

Husband:  “I have a sensitive heart but it has been aimed at myself. My wife is God’s daughter and I have been reckless and selfish towards her.”

Wife:  “There really are two sides to every story. I have learned to hear my husband’s heart again,  and now I am not afraid of opening mine up to him.”

Husband and wife:  “We are having deeper conversations while here than ever before.”

Husband:  “I have learned that I have been a fraud. I am grateful God has shown me He wants me to be more engaged with Him, and He will show me how to be who He has designed me to be.”

Wife:  “I am so everyone said yes to God and came to this specific Intensive.  Had any one of them been missing, what has happened inside of me would not be this complete. We all know we were called to be here this very week.”

Wife:  “We had recently separated and had no hope that our problems could be fixed. Our issues ran very deep and this was our last ditch effort to save our marriage– I had my divorce papers in my suitcase. The Clearing helped us heal our old wounds and gave us the tools we needed to move forward in our marriage as a team. I am so happy we came!  We thank God and everyone in our Intensive who helped us heal.”

Husband:  “I came in thinking, 'I am fine…..just fix her….' I am leaving humbled. I have never taken the time to heal from very old personal wounds so  that I can love my wife well. I have been a stumbling block to her. I thank the group for their transparency. Only by seeing the speck in their eyes could I see the log in my own. The responsibility is mine now, but sharing this time with all of them has released me to make it possible.”

Husband:  “I commend you younger couples  for having the courage and wisdom to come early in your marriage and not just bury things and coexist.  I wish we had come sooner.”

Husband:  “Thank you for your prayers and help.  Now we actually enjoy spending time with one another. We have told our friends who know our story that The Clearing has saved our marriage. We want to be a testimony for our friends and others who have given up or are barely holding on.”